As soon as the Texas Longhorns dropped consecutive games to the BYU Cougars and Ole Miss Rebels early in the season, it became obvious that Longhorns’ head coach Mack Brown was going to need to finish with a bang to save his job. He had a chance to win the Big 12 with a win on Saturday, but the Longhorns were crushed by the Baylor Bears 30-10.
Now, there are several different outlets, including OrangeBloods.com, ESPN and CBS Sports, reporting Brown will be stepping down by the end of the week. Brown is rumored to be fighting his departure, but whether he steps down or “steps down” really doesn’t matter in the long run.
As soon as Brown’s seat became hot, Alabama head coach Nick Saban became tied with the job. One report suggests the Longhorns could offer Saban $10 million per season and 1% of the Longhorn Network.
Tide Athletic Director Bill Battle doesn’t seem all the worried.
“He’s working his butt off on recruiting. We’re focused on recruiting and playing Oklahoma,” Battle said via Dan Wolken of the USA Today.
The Tide were number one throughout the season, but fell to the rival Auburn Tigers in the season finale. They’ll have to settle for playing the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl rather than playing for a fourth national title in five years.
“The Sugar Bowl is where his efforts are and that’s where mine are,” Battle added.